BCCI finds two new faces in Gill & Vi­jay

BCCI finds 2 new faces in Gill & Vi­jay

The Free Press Journal - - NA­TION -

Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vi­jay Shankar on Sun­day re­placed the sus­pended Hardik Pandya for In­dia's on­go­ing ODI se­ries in Aus­tralia, while ris­ing star Shub­man Gill re­ceived his maiden na­tional call-up for the New Zealand tour be­gin­ning on Jan­uary 23.

Shankar is a likely re­place­ment for Pandya while Gill re­places Rahul in the squad for the five ODIs and three T20s in New Zealand. Both Pandya and Rahul have been sus­pended pend­ing in­quiry for their con­tro­ver­sial com­ments on women dur­ing a TV show.

The in­clu­sion of the highly-rated Gill was a mat­ter of time and he has got his big break sooner than ex­pected.

Gill was part of the In­dia A squad that toured New Zealand last month.

The top-or­der bats­man is in sub­lime form and scored 790 runs for Pun­jab in the Ranji Tro­phy, av­er­ag­ing 98.75. He was also named player of the tour­na­ment fol­low­ing In­dia's win in the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand last year. Mayank Agar­wal was in line to re­place his Kar­nataka team­mate Rahul but he is nurs­ing a nig­gling in­jury.

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